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    November 11, 2012
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it's the top of the hour. welcome back to the cnn "newsroom." i'm fredricka whitfield. anger is growing.
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top lawmakers, both republicans and democrats, say the relationship raises potential national security concerns and they are demanding to know if they were informed about the investigation in a timely fashion. here's cnn's athena jones. >> reporter: as more facts emerge about the facts that led to david petraeus losing his job, so do the questions. >> i have questions about the whole matter. >> reporter: like who knew when into the complaint that paula broozwell sent harassing e-mails to a source close to petraeus. james clapper learned of the investigation in a phone call from the fbi on election night. it's
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it's unclear when the fbi probe began. >> it seems that this was going on for several months and yet now it appears that they are saying that the fbi didn't realize it until election day. gener it just doesn't added a up. >> reporter: why weren't key lawmakers told sooner. >> are you going to investigate why the fbi didn't notify you before? >> yes. this could have an effect on national security. we should have been told. >> reporter: house majority leader eric cantor said an fbi leader told him about petraeus possible affair and possible security breach in october after the investigation began. a u.s. official says the general's communications were never compromised and he was never the target of the investigation. another issue, petraeus stepped down days before he was supposed to testify before a senate
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committee about the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. micha micha michael morell will testify instead. >> we've got to get to the bottom of benghazi. i don't see how in the world you can find out what happened in benghazi before, during, and after the attack if general petraeus doesn't testify. >> reporter: cnn has not been able to reach broadwell for comment. now, the woman who allegedly received those harassing e-mails from broadwell hasn't been identified publicly and, of course, questions still remain about just what those e-mails contain. fred? >> what more can you tell us about paula broadwell. >> reporter: we know that she's a married mother of two, lives in charlotte, north carolina, and first met general petraeus back in 2006 when he came to harvard's kennedy school of government to give a speech. she was a graduate student there
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and she was doing a dissertation on him that later turned into a book and had those in-person interviews that we've been hearing about. more is emerging as time goes on. fred? >> thank you so much from washington. so general petraeus was originally scheduled to testify before congress. libya, you heard athena reporting on that. lawmakers may still compel him to, at some point. instead, acting director michael mc morell will take over. general michael hayden has more on why. >> there is reasons that general petraeus will testify but frankly you want the agency to testify. you want someone who is knowledgeable about the event, what the agency knew, what the agency did, and mike morell is fully qualified to do that. now, at some later date they may want general petraeus to come
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back and give his personal perceptions. i understand that. but the hearing will go on and the c i'm a will tell what it knew about that event. >> michael morell is filling in as cia correct director. an afghan girl testified today. staff sergeant robert bales is accused of killing 16 afghan villagers in march. the 7-year-old described via satellite how she hit behind her father as he was killed. today's hearing held at a washington military base will decide if there is enough evidence to bros cute bales. an investigation is under way after two homes exploded in indiana neighborhood last night. two people died and seven others were injured. the blast damaged or destroyed more than a dozen homes. about 200 people were forced to evacuate. and then on to new york now, superstorm sandy is now to blame for 43 deaths.
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and more than 38,000 customers hardest hit by the storm are getting ready to enter their third week without power or water. susan candiotti shows us how a disabled woman, who hasn't left her apartment in two weeks, is coping. and we want to warn you, some of the pictures might be disturbing to you. >> reporter: out in broad daylight it's easy to see but look how dark it's going to get when we walk inside the building. bryant pearson is in charge of the tenant association. he's going to give us a tour. let's take a look. by contrast, you can see it's bright sunshine outside and i don't know how you can see anything in here, bryant. >> nah, we don't. >> i'm holding on to the back of your jacket because i can't see a thing. >> this is how people get up and down the staircase. >> hold on. i cannot see. okay. got it. >> this is how we have to live here. we've been living like this since the storm hit. >> bryant, is this the floor
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now? >> yes, this is the seventh floor. >> has there been any looting here, any stealing? >> a little bit. watch that there. >> okay. >> that's feces. >> oh. that is right there. ? >> yeah, right here. that's feces. >> be careful where you walk. >> when the national guard came, they put tags on the door stating that they came by to check z and that was on november 10th? >> yes. >> hello? >> bryant. >> what's her name? >> ivy. >> ivy, is it all right if they come interview you? >> hi, i'm susan candiotti. ivy, you have two young daughters over here.
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>> yes. >> you guys are ages -- how old are you? >> 5. >> and -- >> 10. >> 10 years old. it's a little bit warm in here and here is why. ivy at least has natural gas working so the stove is working. she's got a pot of water on here giving off steam to at least warm up the room. a lot of places don't even have this much. >> ivy, when was the last time you were able to leave the building? >> about two weeks ago. >> right before the storm? >> right before the storm. >> and the reason you couldn't get out, they turned off the electricity, but why can't you get out? you're sitting in a walker? >> yes. i can't get out because i can't go downstairs and seven flights. >> you're suffering the aftermath of a stroke? >> right. >> what's it like at night? >> night's scary. then i have to go empty the garbage. my baby sister has to hold the flashlight and it's scary at sometimes like i hear noises. well, it's not like real noises. it's the wind like the ghosts and sometimes and even though i'm 10rks sometimes get scared.
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>> ivy, what do you think about this in. >> i think it's terrible. they should be prepared for this. lipa should be prepared. they should be prepared. >> how are you able to take care of your two girls? >> well, my oldest daughter, she's helpful. when it's time to go outside, she goes down. but it's kind of scary for me to send her down, too, because the staircases are dark. >> my goodness. they are so brave. susan candiotti joining us in the rockaways. so is there any update for them? i mean, clearly safety is a big factor, given her health situation and she has two young girls and it gets dark and scary in particular. what are her options, if any? >> reporter: well, they don't have many options until someone literally carries her down those flights of stairs. this is what she sees when they look out the window.
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it is pitch black here at night. she can only rely on her 10-year-old daughter as her main link to the outside world. we can tell you this, however, that late this afternoon, after we visited her, the national guard did come by and they were able to develop -- to deliver to her a box of meals ready to eat, enough to last her for a couple of weeks. so that certainly will help. but without that power, she is just stuck in there and there are other elderly people who are confined to wheelchairs in that building who can't get out. >> so they have some substance for the next couple of weeks which then leads me to, if the national guard or there are people aware of their situation, why can't there be some assistance to take them out of the unit, knowing her health condition, and take her to a shelter, take her and the two girls to a safe, warm place? >> those are the questions we're trying to get answers to, as a matter of fact. we weren't able to get them now
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but you do want to know, is there a way to get some of those people out into shelters. as you know, sometimes space is limited. sometimes they are trying to get the word to people to find space for them. and so these are the issues that are confronting the city and certainly the red cross to find these people shelter and then you have the third circumstance. sometimes these people do not want to leave their homes. they are afraid to leave and they are also afraid of people coming in to steal what they have. >> and is it your feeling that there are a lot of people in that same situation that they are really not alone in that apartment complex but it's a common plight right now? >> reporter: that's right, it is. i will tell you this, late this afternoon we also saw more volunteers in this community on this street coming in from as far away from philadelphia to make more food to distribute. we've seen somewhat more of the streets being cleared here. we've seen some electricity
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being returned to other buildings, like the lady we told you about in the last hour. but they still don't have heat. so there are so many other problems. it would be so hard to overcome in the coming weeks and months. >> wow. incredible stuff. thanks so much. susan candiotti in the rockaways. >> you're welcome. president obama and a new tone from congressional leaders. will the white house get it together to be the deadline looming in a couple of weeks? and it's known as the world's sexiest zoo but it may be getting too sexy, apparently. find out why they are passing out birth control pills at the cincinnati zoo. an intricate choreography combined with extreme athletes. it's the video that everyone will be talking about this week in your office starting tomorrow, monday. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. in what world do potatoes, bacon and cheese
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on election day, the voters sent the same balance of power back to washington and now leaders on capitol hill and at the white house are vowing to work together. so will they? joining me now is democratic strategist julian ep stein and good to see both of you, gentlemen. >> good afternoon, fredricka. >> we thought we were going to be talking about the fiscal cliff this week, the budget that was first on the agenda but now with the news of cia chief david petraeus resigning, that has both parties trying to figure out what happened, who knew what
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and when. is this going to be a challenge, the first challenge for these two sides to get together to resolve some of these questions? >> well, i'm not sure it will because i don't think it has any partisan upshot. david petraeus is a figure that is greatly admired by republicans and democrats. i don't really think that there's going to be any way that somebody is going to be able to press an advantage on this question. there certainly are questions about the timing but i ultimately think that the issues about taxes and spending that are part of this fiscal cliff debate are going to prove far more durable and far more important. >> julia, do you agree with that or do you think that there's going to be a serious question about the timing here, who knew what, when, and did everyone learn about it the important details at the same time? >> i think he's spot on. it's not clear how much the fbi knew until very recently, whether they were actually able to conclude that there was this affair going on. there are important questions about what happened in benghazi,
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particularly when we found out what was happening at the outposts was a cia operation and petraeus may have to testify about that. >> will this be a major distraction? >> no. i think there are important implications in terms of national security but in terms of partisan politics, i just don't see it. i don't think there are implications as a result of this story. >> is it fair to even ask the question why david petraeus resignation, reportedly since the president wanted him to stay on, but ultimately did accept his resignation? >> i think there's a broad consensus that david petraeus's instincts are sound. he believed rightly that by virtue of being head of the ci achlt, when you put yourself in a position it's a serious matter and it's precisely what happened and made ex be ten sif use of a
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personal gmail account and including hackers by foreign states and a resignation was fully warranted. despite the fact, that again, david petraeus, a figure widely celebrated as a very impressive leader, this is a very sad story but i don't think we can begrudge him, this decision. >> let's talk about this goal of bipartisanship in washington, especially as it relates to the fiscal cliff. the house speaker vowing to find some common ground. earlier i spoke to george mitchell about how hopeful he is about their vow and he thinks that, you know, officials -- well, there's reason to believe that everyone should be hopeful. this is what he had to say. >> making it personal makes a difference. you know, you tend in any area of human activity to work better with people you know, like, and respect. i think a little more of that
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would be helpful. secondly, i think they ought to do it in a manageable way. the most important thing in working together is not to set unrealistic goals. don't suggest to the american people and the press that you're going to solve it all in one fell swoop because that can't be done. it will only set you up for failure. >> julian, while he was talking, you saw the picture of bob dole because he said that they had their political differences but found common ground and it was a personal relationship that had to be developed even if you were of opposing parties. can we see a return to that kind of approach? >> well, i think anybody that gets beyond the beltway realizes most voters, whether conservative, independent, or progressive wants that kind of governance now that the campaigning is over. i think all of the usual stipulations are there. one is that compromise certainly has to be on the table. i think, secondly, he probably
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has a year to maybe 18 month of political capital as presidents usually do in their second terms and, thirdly, that he really kind of needs to choose two to four major items that he wants to get done. i think what's got to be different in the second term is the exercise of power and i think political friends need to be rewarded, political foes need to be punished. get the public on their side and people who want to oppose him, there will be political consequences. he is, after all -- he did win the popular vote. he won an electoral college landslide. i remember bill clinton saying to me after the columbine massacre when we were trying to get gun violence legislation passed, why he was so sure that he could win the majority of the public. i think this president has to do that, that there will be
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consequences for that. >> julian, thank you. we're going to talk to you again. i can't wait to talk to you about the gop makeover or whether there will be one. meantime, she has traveled the world for the president but secretary hillary clinton says she's ready to move on and she may not be the only player in the obama cabinet shuffle. how they'll live tomorrow. for more than 116 years, ameriprise financial has worked for their clients' futures. helping millions of americans retire on their terms. when they want. where they want. doing what they want. ameriprise. the strength of a leader in retirement planning. the heart of 10,000 advisors working with you one-to-one. together for your future. ♪
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all right. it's not unusual when a president gets a second term that there might be a little bit of a shakeup with his cabinet. that appears to be the case now. democratic strategist julian epstein and rahem. we're seeing a shakeup but not one that the president planned. we've talked about general petraeus who is now out. let's talk about others who have made it clear that they are looking to move. that includes secretary of state hillary clinton, she says she wants to move on, as well as tim
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geithner, leon panetta and now apparently eric holder is considering whether he will stay on as attorney general and ray lahood could be leaving the department of transportation. so is this shakeup as simple as cabinet members get burned out, need to step down and be replaced or is this a case of something more, julian? >> this is standard in every administration. these are very, very tough jobs. they are very demanding and taxing on a family. i think you see all-stars hillary clinton and tim geithner likely to leave. i think the interesting question, however, is whether the president will look to bring in republicans, people like chuck hagel, colin powell potentially in some of these positions and folks from the business industry, people like president of the xm bank and even michael bloomberg.
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the real thing i think we want to look for is will the president signal different directions by trying to bring in some republicans and people from the business community as well. >> there have been peripheral discussions whether mitt romney would be among those. is that realistic when the president says he is entertaining the opportunity to talk with mitt romney, might it have been about a cabinet position or is that just, you know, making good with some people in the business community, including that of mitt romney, julian? >> well, the president's favorite of all time was abraham lincoln and abraham lincoln tried to bring in many of his adversaries after the election. when the country was very divided. >> as with hillary clinton. democrats won five out of the last six elections, if you look at the popular vote, we are
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still a divided country and i think it makes a lot of sense for the president to reach out to the other side. on the other hand, he's got to be very clear where he's going to draw the line on substantial stance and political foes feel some pain. >> how do you feel? >> i think it makes sense for a couple of reasons. there is simple exhaustion and people clamoring for these job and it's easy to see him taking that role. you have jack lu and people eager for a promotion, not just people eager to step down from these jobs as well. as for republicans, there might be some room for that. i find it extremely unlikely that mitt romney would serve in
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an obama administration because let's not forget barack obama made a pretty tough case against mitt romney on grounds of character and much else. even if you look at his campaign against hillary clinton, it was never quite as bare knuckles as that. i just don't think it's likely to happen in an obama administration. >> there is something important in the political direction. the republicans, as you expect from losing the election, are divided between the realists and nonreal lifts, the real lifts believing that the messaging on women and hispanic is -- >> to become a lot more unified for the republicans? >> well, there's an opportunity for the president to divide the party between the realists and the nonrealists and when you look at a real potential for the interests to align, the president is willing to go a lot
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further than he did on entitlement. there's a real opportunity for tax reform. there's a real potential convergence of interests. for the president, it's to reach out to enough of the republicans in the house and na the senate to try to get a deal done because i think a grand bargain is certainly in the offering here. >> julian epstein and reihan, thank you so much. >> thank you, fredricka. superstorm sandy hits the malls. we're going to find out the effect of this storm on stores and businesses across the country. and a six-minute extreme video of athletes. we'll show you what they are doing.
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experts say the tests are not useful as a screening tool. birth control is dished out at the world sex sexiest zoo in it was named that because of the impeccable breeding program but now it has to consider space constraints, both now and in the future, hence the contraception. and what does one of the old bond sir roger moore think about the new daniel craig? "time" magazine interviewed him about his new book. he said sean connery was his favorite book but now daniel craig takes first place. he says craig is quite brilliant. his words, quite brilliant. a new bond movie, "skyfall" is out. a big week in terms of dollars and cents, joining me
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from new york to make sense of it all, the black bay group, good to see you, todd. >> thank you. thanks for having me. >> okay. we're expecting a very busy week ahead that will impact everyone's wallet and even there's thanksgiving dinner. let's walk through some of these items. let's begin with some major events happening on wednesday. the retail sales report for october and the most recent fed meetings are going to be released as well. >> that's right. the retail sales number for october is going to be a good one. i'm forecasting a 1% increase and this will be on top of august and september gains as well whi well. what is showing us right now, the consumer sentiment survey is at a five-year high. so cnn viewers will tell you, they are feeling good about the economy, they are probably feeling good about their finances, therefore they are going to go out and spend. we should see quite an uptick on the retail sales numbers. >> how much of an impact will
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superstorm sandy have for not just people living in the northeast but really the ripple effect that comes from this? >> that's right. it's going to have a big effect. 60 million americans were impacted. but for everybody else around the country it could also impact them. they are looking at images that is taking place in new york. those images are still there today and you have people donating money, donating money to, say, the red cross. they are not going to have extra dollars for discretionary income and as far as spending. therefore, the october number for retail sales should be good but it could have an impact on the november number but we won't see that for a couple of weeks. >> also, wednesday, the fed's open market committee will release minutes from the october meeting. what are we expecting there? >> this is a great fly on the wall report that all viewers should look at because it's going to tell us what the fed governors were talking about when they were talking about
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interest rates and the long-term implications of keeping those interest rates low. for everybody out there looking to get a loan or a mortgage, what the minutes are probably going to tell us, what we're all expecting is that the fed intends to keep interest rates at record low levels and that's great for those looking to borrow, especially next year or even in 2014. so it should be a good report. >> all right. lots to look forward to, todd, this week. thanks so much. >> all right. thank you. and there's no place like home. click your heels three times and an iconic wizard of oz has a pretty big price tag. ♪... ♪...
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president barack obama honored the nation's military this veterans day in a speech at arlington national cemetery. he said u.s. troops who served abroad in iraq and afghanistan should also be able to rely on support from the u.s. government. >> if you find yourself struggling with the wounds of war, which is posttraumatic stress disorder, a traumatic brain injury, we'll be there for you as well with the care and treatment you need. no veteran should have to wait months or years for the benefits that you've earned so we will continue to attack the claims backlogged. we won't let up. we will not let up. >> president obama also mentioned, this was the first veterans day in ten years that no americans are serving in iraq. as the country celebrates
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veterans day, how much do we really know about our veterans? josh levs is here with some surprises and a little bit of a quiz as well. >> yeah, a little bit along the way. a lot of people don't know about veterans, and i've been learning a lot. i want to show you a couple examples. i pulled up some facts for you. let's start with this one. how many veterans are there in this country? i'll give you a few choices. 17.5 million, 21.5 million, 23.5 million. >> i'll go with c. >> 21 po.5 million. let's go to the next thing here. this is really interesting. i'm giving you some facts. 1.6 million women, 2.3 million african-americans and 1.2 million latinos. 265,000 asian americans. take a look at this next one. three states in this country have more than one million veterans each. and you know, one of them is the biggest states. it's not a surprise.
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california. the other two are florida and texas, which i found interesting. big population of veterans. >> texas is another big state. >> yeah, another big state. and the state with the highest percentage of veterans, i would have never have guessed this. >> highest percentage? >> highest percentage. the answer, alaska. 14%. >> like per capita? >> yeah, out of every 100 -- 14% of the population in alaska. there's one thing i want to remind everyone. president obama was talking about this. there are 3.5 million americans in this country who have disabilities due to their military service and they have different ratings on that in terms of their disabilities. but that's important for all of us to keep in mind. these are people whose disabilities stem from their service to the country. 3.5 million people like that. there are a lot more. during the conversation of ireport, we're celebrating the wisdom of veterans. >> extraordinary individuals who made ultimate sacrifices in so
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. okay. you're looking at the beginning of a six-minute long epic journey just to get a sip of red bull. the soon to be viral video red bull just posted on youtube wp intricate choreography in part presented by extreme athletes. a goal to receive a can of red bull. it's defined as a configuration
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that while inelegant, inefficient, patched together or clumsy, succeeds in solving a specific problem or performing a particular task. that's what they are calling it. basically, the video's director has put together a pretty complicated series of machines just to get to that red bull in the end. okay. joining me right now, the mastermind behind the video, adam, a pretty intricate indeed. all for six minutes so explain, why in the world do this? what is it all for in. >> gosh, we really love putting together extra otherary things, things that make us happy we find tend to make other people happy, too. so for us as engineers, i represent this company called sim labs and we have a collection of extraordinary engineers who love to come together and do extraordinary things and this is one of those
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things that we really love doing, whether it's a machine for okay go or an organ for die-hard battery, we love putting these things together. when red bull came to us and gave us an opportunity to work with them with these amazing athletes, we were thrilled to put together a red bull kluge. >> you have a golfer here, a hurdler there, extreme athletes on bikes. how did you get everyone on board? why did they say yes? >> well, i think that, you know, the athletes that are sponsored by red bull all have, i think, a sort of common trait, which is that they really believe in exceptional performance and they really are, without a question, the best in the world at what they do. and so for us, you know, i think it was an opportunity to pull everybody together and do something really extraordinary.
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for them, the opportunity to all come together and come together on a collaborative way on a unique project. >> it looks like it was a lot of fun but one has to ask, how many takes? because everything has to be precise. you couldn't have, you couldn't have, right, gotten it all right just once on the first try? >> well, it's a difficult question to answer because, of course, in order to capture this thing we had to have something well over 40 cameras all over the place. so we had to do that in order to cut the piece together. so it's really inevitable. but the machine really did perform quite extraordinarily well. really i think beyond our expectations in the end. >> so the power of the edit, then? >> well, yeah. i suppose there's -- of course, we have to edit the thing in order to make it really extraordinary. a machine of this scale and size, there's no way to do it without cutting from one camera
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to the other. so it's really inevitable. >> and there is the lolo jones, the hurdler. >> yeah, she's fantastic. we didn't do any effects in posts. this is absolutely the way the machine ran and we really best at red bull to put together an extraordinary machine. >> to get the can of red bull, it really is all for a sip of a red bull. >> that's the nature of these machines. >> quite elaborate. >> oh, yes, thank you. we love it. that's pretty much the nature of these machines. >> folks can watch the whole six-minute adventure on youtube.
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$480,000 if you had it, would you put it on a piece of "wizard of oz." history? she wore the blue dress throughout the movie.
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the dress was the highest-selling item at the hollywood memorabilia auction in california. now maybe the red slippers i could see fetching a whole lot. >> those things go for tons of money. and one of the most successful movies of all time. >> it looked great. it looked a little grey. i just learned something today. how are you? >> i'm doing great. i'm doing good? >> i'm doing good. >> mama, you have popped. >> i'm huge. >> have you ever seen a more beautiful pregnant woman? >> that's nice. >> just gorgeous. people pay for that look and you have it naturally. a lot to talk about.
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especially sort of looking back over the election. and the conversation we're going to have at 6:00, will kain, we'll talk about the new minority, white voters and how they did not reelect the president and why chances are they won't ever elect the president again. plus why the gop needs to begun the gnp by reaching out to minorities. plus we'll talk much more about the situation happening with general david petraeus. some say he was a victim of digital mania. he's always on his phone and that may have been the reason. >> that's fascinating. we look forward to all that. minutes away. first, a lot of folks are anticipating this likely blockbuster. "abraham lincoln" brought to life. that and more in the week ahead.
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time now to take a look at what the week ahead has in store for us. on monday morning, wall street will be focusing on brussels where they will be meeting to discuss bailing out greece. the outcome of that meeting may have an effect on our own economy. and on tuesday a post election congress returns to a familiar landscape with a
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potentially different tone as the days count down to the financial cliff. and as we mentioned earlier in the show, wednesday will bring the retail sales report for october. so we'll be able to gauge how our economy is fairing and what we can expect ahead of the holiday season. and eyes will turn to washington on thursday when a congressional panel starts hearings into the attacks that left the u.s. ambassador to libya and three others dead in benghazi. and it's being reported that the president has scheduled a bipartisan meeting friday with congressional leaders to discuss the impending fiscal cliff and how not to fall. then friday night, they are expected to flock to theaters as